July 5, 2017 Subject:
set list way too typical
Update - I hate to reply to 4 month old posts but Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Jam-> Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Around & Around was just about as typical as you could get during this time period. If you were seeing the band regularly during this time period, you would understand. It doesn't mean you can't enjoy now. However, most people at the show were looking/hoping for a whole lot more - especially after showing up for the show twice!
I also remember being very disappointed by this show. It was the 6th show I saw on this tour. The two at MSG and at Nassau were so much better. Perhaps to was the set list which was way too typical for this time period. NFA->Black Peter-> Around & Around was just about as not imaginative as they could get.
That said, in hind sight, this is a well played show. However, I still feel other shows this tour are much better. During this show we kept reminding ourselves and other that this whole tour was because they canceled in Nov 78 at this venue.
April 23, 2017 Subject:
What the Hell are You Talking About?
I just had to reply to a 4 year old comment on this show, 'ICall' said "The setlist is just way to typical" Oh my God, What the literal Fuck, lol, we got a shakedown, BEW, Scarlet>Fire, Estimated>Eyes, NFA, and a Casey Jones Encore! That's the kind of typical you gotta love asa deadhead, and if you're 'dismissing' a show because THAT'S a typical setlist to you, and NOT based on performance, (which is GREAT BTW), then you are a derilict Deadhead! Lol, Man, the internet is the most amazing thing man has ever invented, even when it drives me mental how so many Dead fans, nit pick the fuck out of entire years of the Dead, it's like they heard once from a buddy, and read it twice that Jerry was pretty addicted and fucked up by 84, so they dismiss the 80's altogether! It's crazy, by the way kids, EVERY year has major shows, and guess what, THEIR SOUND EVOLVED AND CHANGED, and it was GOOD CHANGE, they laid down some of my favorite shows in 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, and 85 was off the Fucking Chain! and 78 was just as good as 77...Once I stopped listening to 'reviewers' of shows (Especially here on the archive) the Dead really opened up to me...P.S. Deadbase has THIS show listed as the #20 show of 79, if that means anything...Excellent Show...
April 18, 2012 Subject:
The Tapes Don't Lie
My last Keith and Donna show, we all were disappointed somehow for the show not “Blowing Us Away” because it was the makeup show when Jerry was sick back in November 78’. That said I think it must have been more the let down of no St Stephens of Dark Star, (boy we would be disappointed for years waiting for those two), the weather, freezing rain driving down from Albany, getting their late, just as they started and being basically burnt out from being on tour, in the Northeast, in the winter, 8 shows in almost 2 weeks by the time I was back at work in Vermont. Tape has some weird moments, but mostly pretty good. The show is actually quite good, good Shakedown to start, Peggy-O is a little ragged, 17 beat Beat It, the best of the first set is Stagger Lee, Jerry’s voice is still ragged, but the effort is there, especially that last vocal refrains, “The Song That Women Sung” top version for 79’ for sure. Scarlet> Fire is not great, but again very good. The Scarlet jam is not earthshaking, but worth the listen and I love the immediate transition to Fire, all in sync. The jam before the second vocal is dominated by Phil, Jerry kind of sits out, but the final Jerry solo also wails, with an immediate transition right after his last “Fire on the Mountain”. Good Estimate, way better than average, the transition to Eyes is very good. The highlight of the show, can’t believe it took me 33 years to hear it again, is the Jam out of drums, start with the very rhythmic Egyptian beat, Phil starts a distinct groove and then Jerry comes in. This is a very unique jam, not really leading anywhere, just pure improvisation. Almost drops into The Other One at one point, but then back into the original groove. The only disappointment is the startling shift into NFA. This one jam is worth downloading this show. The remainder of the show is also quite good, 3 ½ Stars. The Black Peter really has its moments, very subtle playing, the Jam into Around and Around is great, made the A&A choice and when with it. The Good Loving and Casey Jones to close the shod are both powerful, fun stuff. Sadly the tape quality suffers tremendously in the middle of Black Peter, still worth the listen. Walked out of this show disappointed, but the tapes don’t lie, this is a good show.
April 9, 2012 Subject:
FAVORITE Black Peter
Hands down my favorite Black peter ever........
February 28, 2010 Subject:
its nice to see a good SBD of this finally pop up. i dont think keiths playing is that bad and ide much rather listen to this than those crappy keyboard tones brent used in his first few years. sounded like some Wallmart kids toy keyboard. i honestly cant even listen to anything from mid 79 to around 83 just because of it. i think once he started using the B3 and his electric piano more he really came into his own. 1989 is my favorite year with brent overall. just my 2 cents. thanks C.Miller
November 11, 2009 Subject:
Thanks charlie for some uncirculated tapes. Alas as I have listened up too Beat It On Down The Line, Keith's spinnet piano playing really takes the band down. The once superb keyboard player sounds totally out of touch with Jerry and the others.If he was in any outfit but the dead he probalby would have been gone after 1978. Brent really allowed the to shread past The limitations of poor cohesivness. I hate to be negative it is just very hard not to notice. Good Night and Good luck.